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Obama Aims To Reform Overtime Pay Regulations

Obama Aims To Reform Overtime Pay Regulations

The changes could significantly improve the economy and boost income for 10 million Americans, especially lower-income people.
REPORT: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely to Live in Poverty

REPORT: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely to Live in Poverty

The Working Poor Families Project's policy brief "Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Future" [PDF] found that out of 7.1 million families headed by women, 4.1 million lived in poverty, encompassing 8.5 million children.
President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Obama signed an Executive Order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.
Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

850,000 households across the country - encompassing 1.7 million people - are now set to lose around $90 a month in food stamp benefits because of the US Senate vote last night on the 2014 Farm Bill.
Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women's Economic Security Act

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women’s Economic Security Act

Last week, Minnesota lawmakers introduced an expansive legislative package -- dubbed the “Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014" -- to address a wide range of issues affecting women working outside of the home, including mandated paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and expanded access to childcare.
Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage."
Shriver Report: Close Wage Gap, Provide Paid Leave to Improve Women's Financial Security

Shriver Report: Close Wage Gap, Provide Paid Leave to Improve Women’s Financial Security

Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released a joint report yesterday detailing the status of American women living in poverty, suggesting policies that would help millions of women become financially secure, and calling on the United States to "modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also...
Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
Massachusetts Senate Votes to Raise State Minimum Wage to $11

Massachusetts Senate Votes to Raise State Minimum Wage to $11

The raise will help over 600,000 workers, particularly women, who make up nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationwide.
US Child Care Costs Outpace Family Income

US Child Care Costs Outpace Family Income

A new report released by Child Care Aware of America reveals that in the last year, the cost of child care increased at up to eight times the rate of increases in US family income.
SNAP Cuts Taking Effect Today Leave More Americans Vulnerable

SNAP Cuts Taking Effect Today Leave More Americans Vulnerable

Despite the importance of SNAP for keeping 47 million Americans out of poverty - especially children, the disabled, and the elderly - Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing for more cuts.
Number of Homeless Students in U.S. Has Increased, Hit Record

Number of Homeless Students in U.S. Has Increased, Hit Record

Over 1.1 million students enrolled in preschool or K-12 during the 2011-12 school year were homeless, comprising two percent of all public school students.
Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

When women get pregnant in America, they pay more and die more than women in other industrialized nations.
In Jackson, A "Solidarity Economy" Might Make Room for the Rest of Us

In Jackson, A “Solidarity Economy” Might Make Room for the Rest of Us

Lumumba has championed what's known as a "Solidarity Economy," in which wider economic participation and increased skepticism about "big money" in the economy are key parts of a community's economic philosophy.
Families, the Wage Gap, and the Economy

Families, the Wage Gap, and the Economy

More women as the primary breadwinners? More men staying at home and taking care of the kids? This may sound like a prime step to gender equality and the eradication of gender roles, but unfortunately the reality is not as cheerful. Women may be replacing men as primary breadwinners in many families, but women still...
HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

This post originally appeared on the Ms. Blog Our first #HERvotes blog carnival was so successful, we’re doing it again! On August 25-26, to mark the anniversaries of the passage of the 19th amendment and the March on Washington, Ms. joined with 21 women’s organizations to collectively publish 77 blog posts with a single harmonious...
Boost Social Security Benefits to Close Pay and Caregiving Gap

Boost Social Security Benefits to Close Pay and Caregiving Gap

By Tatsuko Go Hollo It’s no secret that women are paid less than men across many industries. It’s also been well-documented that women are much more likely than men to work part-time. Unfortunately, employees who work part-time are often ineligible for essential benefits, such as health insurance, paid leave or a retirement plan. That’s where...
Economic Policy: It's Personal

Economic Policy: It’s Personal

By Nancy Wilberg The economic meltdown battered many Americans, but women and communities of color have long sustained the impact of an imbalanced financial market. Hard working women are deeply familiar with the enormous racial and gender wealth gap in America. Single Black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth...
New Kansas Regulations May Wipe Abortion Providers Off the Map

New Kansas Regulations May Wipe Abortion Providers Off the Map

Will Kansas become the first state in the nation without an abortion provider? The once-unthinkable could happen by Friday when a host of new state regulations takes effect.  These detailed rules govern everything from the minimum size of the janitors’ closets to which drugs sit on the stockroom shelves. Clearly, these are the kinds of...
Living Within Our Means: Obama Addresses Students at NOVA

Living Within Our Means: Obama Addresses Students at NOVA

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” President Barack Obama began in a speech addressed to students at Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday. In a town hall format in the school’s gymnasium, the President spoke about what’s been on everyone’s minds: the current state of the economy and the resulting budget cuts. Relating...